April 12, 2009
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Despite a bumpy start to the Atlantic Coast Conference dual-match season, the No. 18 Florida State women’s tennis team was able to close out the season on a high note with a 7-0 winning streak as it defeated the Maryland Terrapins today, 7-0. The Seminoles now await the conference call to know which league foe they will face in the ACC tournament next week in Cary, N.C.
“To go 7-0 after starting 0-4 in ACC play says a lot about this team,” FSU head coach Jennifer Hyde said. “Our conference is one of the strongest leagues in the nation and for these young ladies to respond like they did after a difficult start to the conference season really shows a lot about their guts and determination.”
FSU began its domination of Maryland with doubles victories on court one and two to earn the one point lead into singles. The sophomore’s doubles team of Katie Rybakova (Coral Springs, Fla.) and Federica Suess (Ludwigshafen, Germany) rolled past Lisa Miller and Michal Amir of Maryland, 8-3, while Bonny Davidson (Johannesburg, South Africa) and Jessica Sucupira (Whitehouse, Texas), ranked No. 14 regionally, defeated Julia Huschke and Karin Lundmark, 8-5.
Singles was no different as the Seminoles ruled the courts with wins across the board. Gaining the second point for FSU was Sucupira’s defeat of Oksana Krutiyenko on court six, 6-1, 6-2. Finishing second was No. 30 Noemie Scharle (Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg) beating Amir 6-0, 6-2 to give Florida State its third point. Court one featured No. 65 Rybakova clinching the victory for the Garnet and Gold with her win over Eleanor Peters in a three set battle, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Senior Ania Rynarzewska’s (Inowroclaw, Poland) triumph over Jordan Hansbrough came next on court five with her 6-3, 6-3 win. Meanwhile, co-captain Lauren Macfarlane (Ogden, Utah) was taking care of business on court three as she cruised by Karin Lundmark of Maryland 6-4, 6-2.
Closing out the victory for FSU was No. 98 Suess on court four. Suess was pushed to a first-set tie-breaker where she found success 7-6 (4) against Lisa Miller. The second set wasn’t so much of a struggle as the Seminole finished with a 6-3 win.
“We can now put this portion of the season behind us as we look forward to the most exciting part of the year, the post-season including the ACC and NCAA Championships,” Hyde said. “We have a tremendous amount of momentum heading into the ACC Championships and we will be ready to go come game time on Thursday. There is still a lot of work ahead of us, and we are fired up for every opportunity in front of us.”
Florida State will now turn its attention to the conference tournament. Stay tuned to www.seminoles.com to see which league foe the Seminoles will face in the first round.
#18 Florida State 7, Maryland 0
Singles: Order of Finish 6, 2, 1, 5, 3, 4
1. #65 Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Eleanor Peters (MD) 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
2. #30 Noemie Scharle (FSU) def. Michal Amir (MD) 6-0, 6-2
3. Lauren Macfarlane (FSU) def. Karin Lundmark (MD) 6-4, 6-2
4. #98 Federica Suess (FSU) def. Lisa Miller (MD) 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
5. Ania Rynarzewska (FSU) def. Jordan Hansbrough (MD) 6-3, 6-3
6. Jessica Sucupira (FSU) def. Oksana Krutiyenko (MD) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles: Order of Finish 1, 2, 3
1. Katie Rybakova/Federica Suess def. Lisa Miller/Michal Amir 8-3
2. Bonny Davidson/Jessica Sucupira def. Julia Huschke/Karin Lundmark 8-5
3. Jordan Hansbrough/Eleanor Peters def. Lauren Macfarlane/Noemie Scharle 8-5